WiMM Labs May Finally Bring Video to the Wrist

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WiMM VideoRemember the Dick Tracy 2-way wrist TV? WiMM Labs brought this capability one step closer with the WiMM One, an Android-based wrist device that retails for $199. In addition to serving as a watch (of course!) it can download applications from its own App Store, including a calendar that syncs to Google Calendar, a news reader, calculator, compass, pedometer, weather, timer, and stopwatch. The picture at right is just a simulaton (using the Gallery app), and the 667MHz ARM11 CPU is not quite enough to do real-time video, but with Bluetooth, WiFi, 2 GB of memory, we are pretty close.

It’s not exactly a beautiful piece of jewelry, coming in a black plastic case 32mm x 36mm, and the battery doesn’t even last for a full day, so this model is really just a developer platform, but it does have some cool features, such as a connection to your iPhone or Android phone that displays the incoming caller-ID along with a button for sending the call to voice mail. Just the thing for dealing with those calls that come in during a meeting.

WiMM will soon have some competition from Pebble, who recently raised $10M on Kickstarter and have already taken 85,000 orders for a watch to ship in 2013.


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